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Happy Hour Book Group- Drifter

Join the Decorah Public Library Happy Hour Book Group Wed. Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. at Rubayiat (117 W. Water St.) to discuss Nick Petrie’s debut suspense novel “The Drifter.” “The Drifter” is available for check-out at the front desk of the library and is widely available for purchase. The discussion is free and open to the public. Petrie will not be in attendance at the Jan. 11 book discussion but the event will be a fun prelude to his Decorah visit on Jan. 24.


“The Drifter” is an explosive thriller debut introducing Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren’t easily left behind.

Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his “white static,” a crackling claustrophobia from post-traumatic stress that has driven him into the mountains, to sleep under the stars.


But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Peter returns to civilization to help the man’s widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he’s ever encountered, and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives.


As Peter begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined – and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he’d left for good.


Dragonfly Books and Decorah Public Library are jointly hosting a reading and book signing with Petrie on Tues. Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Mezzanine Gallery (2nd floor). The event will feature Petrie’s new book, “Burning Bright,” which goes on sale Jan. 10, 2017. “Burning Bright” is the 2nd book in the Peter Ash series, which has drawn praise from the likes of mystery genre heavy-hitters Lee Child and David Baldacci.


Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector.


Call Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 for more information or Dragonfly Books at 382-4275 to reserve a copy of “Burning Bright.”



 HHBG Nick Petrie 1.11.17